Monday, February 28, 2011

Celsius Wild Berry | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #26

I've found a lot of drinks for only $1 at Wal-Mart, but never an energy drink. That is, until today when I review Celsius Wild Berry - a drink which claims to enable you to burn calories after you drink it! I'm not really sure how that's an accurate claim because your body is CONSTANTLY burning calories, even if you're just sitting there.

I should also point out I saw the guys at http://youtube.com/WrecklessEating try this one - so that should give you an idea of what to expect.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

SoBe Lifewater Black and Blue Berry | Chad'z Flavored Water Reviews #7

I loved the SoBe Acai berry, so the "black and blue berry" caught my eye. What's interesting is in the ingredients list for this beer there's neither blackberry nor blueberry listed! I did see "black carrot juice concentrate" and pear juice concentrate, though. Blackberries and blueberries tend to be good in beer, but in flavored water? Let's see how they work.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Go Bananas Snapple | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #15

A BANANA Snapple!? Now I've seen everything! You don't tend to see banana-flavored drinks that often (aside from smoothies I guess). But since this is a Snapple product and it's made with "natural" ingredients I thought it was a fairly safe bet to try it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amp Energy Traction | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #25

The Amp line of energy drinks with their colorful cans seem to be among the most popular brands of energy drinks. The purple "Traction" version has always caught my eye at the grocery store, so I finally caved and picked one up. I've never reviewed a grape-flavored energy drink before because I don't like grape-flavored drinks, but the Amp line has usually been solid to me. Which way would this energy drink go?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mountain Dew Throwback | Chad'z Soda Reviews #14

This is THIRD Mountain Dew brand soda to be reviewed on this show - that's a record! It's also the third soda made with real sugar to be reviewed (it would be awesome if it was also the third something else to make a perfect trinity, eh?). Anyways, I've always found Mountain Dew to be a good soda - nothing spectacular. I saw this "Throwback" edition at the store so I decided to pick it up and give a whirl. One of these days I'm going to have to do a side-by-side comparison of HFCS versus real sugar edition. Until then, please enjoy this review of Mountain Dew Throwback!

Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 vlog #5 | Real quick "hey" (+ beer mail)


Even though I'll be uploading a video first thing tomorrow morning, I still wanted to put out a quick vlog to let you know what I was up to this week and what you can expect over the next few weeks. Plus I got a sweet beer mail that I know you'll want to see :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Spiked Cola | Chad'z Alcopop Reviews #6

I saw http://youtube.com/Hog40305 review this drink the other day and it occurred to me that I haven't done an alcopop review in a long time. So I was at my beer store and I recognized this from Hog's video so decided to pick it up. Without giving too much away, let's just say this alcopop is way different from all the others I've reviewed so far. But is it any good? Let's see....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jones GABA Lemon Honey Tea | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #14

Another GABA drink from Jones Soda Company. I thought the first one was good, but Lemon Honey Tea? I'm not a fan of those three things at the same time (although I do like each separately - isn't it ironic?!). Another find at Big Lots and it was pretty cheap at only 50 cents. Lets see if it was worth the money.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lipovitan B3 | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #24

I've always seen this energy drink at Wal-Mart in the Asian food aisle and never in the beverage aisle. That's weird because this thing is an American-made product, although the company has an Asian-sounding name (Taisho Pharmaceutical). I've never actually seen anyone take a can of these off the shelf, and judging by the amount of rust on the bottom of the can I think it's safe to say no one buys this. That made me REALLY nervous about trying it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jones GABA Nectarine Tea Juice | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #13

Jones Soda Company is known for making very weird styles of soda, but did you know they also make teas, juices and energy drinks? The "GABA" line is a mixture of all three! Supposedly these drinks are good for your brain - but how do they rate as actual beverages? Considering I got this at Big Lots for only 50 CENTS how "healthy and beneficial" could it be, really?

2011 vlog #4 | And the winner is....! (+beer mail & cellar tour)


The 5,324 Raffle was quite a success I'd say! I received 41 entries, which means each person had a 2.43% chance of winning. I'm not going to say who won, but I'm sure that person will see this video soon and leave a comment.

Also in this vlog is an unboxing video of me opening a box of Adnams beers sent all the way from England (thanks to Sean for sending them!) PLUS I give you quick tour of my "beer cellar". I use that term loosely because I'm not sure my small collection of cellared beers really counts as much of a true beer cellar.

Thanks again to everyone who entered the raffle. We'll do a contest like this at least once a year... I hope

Thursday, February 10, 2011

StumpyJoeJr's Belgian Porter | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #9

The second of two homebrews sent to me from http://youtube.com/StumpyJoeJr out of San Diego. This one is a partial extract brew, with Ryan's own addition of certain spices (see the video for exact details). This was my first-ever homebrew porter and my first-ever homebrew made with a Belgian yeast strain.

Thanks again to Ryan for sending me his homebrews! I can't wait to see what he brews next!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Black Jack Mango Mutiny | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #12

Yup, another Big Lots find. This can caught my eye because of its shiny gold appearance and the frugal pricetag of only 60 CENTS! It's made by the Polar Beverage Co. - a well-known soda maker in the New England Mid-Atlantic states (I'm not sure how widely distributed they are). I've found their regular sodas to be okay, but I've never had any of their obscure products so I was eager to see what a mango-flavored drink by them would taste like.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Crayons Redder Than Ever Fruit Punch | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #11

Another obscure find from Big Lots and another drink that I could've sworn was already reviewed by either Wreckless Eating or EhIsForAdam but I guess neither has. Anyway, this is an interesting product, especially considering the name and the design of the can. However, they made such a point of saying it's NOT made with high fructose corn syrup so that definitely piqued my interest. So far, the other weird drinks I've found at Big Lots have turned out to be pretty good, how would Crayons taste?!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"RyPA" by StumpyJoeJr | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #8

This homemade IPA was sent to me by Ryan, better known as http://youtube.com/StumpyJoeJr (thanks for the beer, man!) It's an IPA made with rye and since his name is Ryan the name "RyPA" is quite fitting I'd say. It's also an all-grain brew - no kits here! There's a full description of the homebrew and how it was made in the video. Be sure to check out Ryan's YouTube Channel while you're at it :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

2011 vlog #3 | The "5,324 Reasons To Give Stuff Away" Raffle!


Instead of having a trivia contest for one book, I decided to do a raffle instead. There is NO money or alcohol involved in this raffle so that should cover me as far as legalities are concerned.

To enter this raffle leave a comment below with your answers to these 2 questions:
1. What was your favorite moment or episode of Chad'z Beer Reviews?
2. What beer, brewery or style would you like to see me review in 2011?

And yes I do realize this is a total rip-off of similar raffles held by Chris at http://youtube.com/BeerGeekNation

You can leave as many comments as you want but I'll only use one entry per screenname. And for all you trolls who have multiple screen names - trust me, I know who you are!

And yes, I will ship internationally!

The deadline for entries is 11:59pm Eastern Time on February 11, 2011 (about a week from now).

Watch the video for details on all the prizes you can win!

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Samba Energy Juice | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #23

Yet another find from Big Lots. I saw this on the shelf and I recognized it and coulda swore it was already reviewed by either http://youtube.com/wrecklesseating or http://youtube.com/ehisforadam but a quick scan of both their channels reveals no such review. Oh well.

What's interesting about this energy drink is that it's made from 100% juice. That's not to say that a whole bunch of artificial chemicals aren't added to it, of course ;) I had no idea what to expect with this thing, so let's see how it differs from the rest of the energy drinks on the market.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sweet Leaf Citrus Green Tea | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #10

I'm a big fan of http://youtube.com/WrecklessEating and they get a lot of the beverages and foods they review from discount department chain store "Big Lots". So I went to my local Big Lots and found a lot of obscure beverages there I've never seen before. Plus they're even cheaper than Wal-Mart! So we start with this non-alcoholic beverage from the Sweat Tea Beverage Company out of Austin, TX. I was a little nervous about drinking a no-name brand I found at Big Lots for only 75 cents! Let's see how this thing turn out....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Arnold Palmer Lite Green Tea Lemonade Half & Half | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #9

Yet another Arnold Palmer-brand drink with a long-ass name, this is the "lite" version of the green tea version of the famous blend of half lemonade and half iced tea. I wasn't a big fan of Arizona's regular green tea drink, but I'm a huge fan of the Arnold Palmer line of drinks, so this particular beverage could really go either way, right?